Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 29, 2011

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

For those that don't know, our last stop, Amsterdam, has got a pretty notorious reputation. That reputation is of course the easy access of both drugs and sex that seems to draw a certain crowd, but there are other features of the city that draw regular tourists all the same.

Apart from the red light district and the coffee houses, there are a ton of museums, parks, bars and cafés to kill time at. Like with many of the European cities we visited, we did a walking tour. Our guide pointed all kinds of interesting sites and facts, such as why and where the houses are sinking, the smallest apartment in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank museum, and of course – the red light district, and the coffee houses. Not only that but we also got to try out some delicious Dutch cheese and were informed that over 20,000 bikes are hauled out of the canal every year. This number sounds very high, but when you see just how many bikes there are in the city, it suddenly becomes less surprising.

We also went to the Van Gogh museum, which was pretty impressive, especially the exhibition on how they restore the paintings – which is apparently a great deal of work, considering Van Gogh was so broke that he had to use low quality paint and reuse canvases all the time.

Then, to top it all off we weren’t smart enough to book a hostel in advance and decided to sleep in the airport our last night rather than get shelled on the most expensive hostels in town. Surprisingly, not nearly as bad as it sounds… especially given the advice from,  


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